Godalming 2 – 2 Kensington Borough
We hoped to take all three points from this encounter after the somewhat dismal showing when we were away to Kensington and they ended up with all three points as the result of an early penalty. It looked to us all as if we were going to comfortably walk away from the ground with a smile on our faces as the two superb goals that the Gs youngsters scored appeared to be enough to wreak our revenge. But, at the absolute death, there was a moment of indecision that allowed the visitors to share the points.
We are almost seeing a settled squad – at last! A bit late you say, well – better late than never I suppose and let’s hope this group can stick together to form the basis of the team next year
In front of Jordan Knight were Dom Hardisty, Curtis Osano, Joe Lewis. Jake Heard, Jack Howard and Richie Mbele in the middle Kenny Kassabante and Ollie Stevens wide and Jack Cleevely at No 10 and Donte Lodge Francis at Number 9.
The Gs started well putting pressure on their visitors and Ollie Stevens going close from a header from a corner. Curtis ended up being booked, for what I do not know, but the ref seemed a bit keen to try out his new whistle and this disrupted things for me at times. He missed totally that Curtis had his standing foot taken from him a little late but penalised all sort of delicate touches.
Gs had a few more opportunities that they could not convert but towards the end of the first half Donte worked hard on the right flank to shrug off a number of defenders before getting the ball in to the box. The ball then came out as far as Richie Mbele who showed his undoubted class yet again when he adjusted his balance and hit the ball from outside the box left footed curling the ball into the top left corner in as good a strike as you will see on MOTD.
HT Godalming 1-0 Kensington Borough
All seemed to be going quite well for the Gs although they could not capitalise on further chances. Ollie Stevens again leading the charge and in one episode showed great pace wide before cutting in and shrugging of a string of defenders and finally hitting a powerful shot across the goal that hit the upright and bounced out. Ollie certainly was unlucky not to get on the score sheet again in this game. He had a good header from a Jack Howard corner go just wide amongst others.
Then as often seems to happen if you are pressing you are open to a quick counter attack and just such a case allowed a visiting forward space down the middle to allow them to draw level one-on-one with Jordan to bring them level.
With around twenty minutes to go Kenny Kassabante chased down the visiting keeper who was a bit slow trying to get to a ball outside the box on the Gs right. Kenny got possession and lifted a delightful left footed chip into the net to the delight of all of us watching and his team mates. We know how good Kenny is and he seems to be getting his form back.
Always alert Ollie Stevens finally did get the ball, into the net, but only to be ruled as offside to the displeasure of the Gs supporters at that end.
As the home side seemed to be piling on more pressure even Joe Lewis took an excursion into the Kensington defence and hit a good shot that the visiting keeper needed to scamper across to cover.
So as we seemed to be cruising to three points a long clearance from the visiting keeper bounce in the Gs half and Jordan called for the ball, but somehow got caught in two minds about whether the ball was going to carry into his area and instead of just wellying it into the stands he was beaten to the ball, which was side-footed home to the delight of the visiting team. Who would be a keeper? There was barely time to restart the game.
Michael (Stato) Stats
Godalming Kensington Borough
attempts 11 9
on target 8 6
corners 6 2
yellows 2 1
poss% 1st 46 54
poss% 2nd 53 47
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